The power of intention is a subtle yet exceedingly powerful force in our lives. Understanding and harnessing the power of intent is one of the keys to inspired life change. With intention we can tap into and use the creative powers of the subconscious mind. Through conscious intent we can co-create our lives with the powers that be. We can live a proactive life.
The word 'intention', or 'intent', comes from the Latin word 'intentus', which means 'a stretching out' (source: the online etymology dictionary). With the power of intention we can stretch ourselves and our lives beyond previous limits. Intent is what allows us to step out of the mind.
Without the power of conscious intention it would be impossible to live a proactive vs. reactive life. We'd be at the mercy of the flow of our thoughts and would constantly get dragged around by them. Exercising conscious intent puts a stop to unwanted influences of thought. As we follow through on our intentions we let thoughts be as they may.
We step out of the mind....
...the warrior within is what we find.
Marcus Aurelius, in "The Meditations", talks about the 'directing mind'. The 'directing mind' is that part of us which is independent and free of outer influence. It is the master or warrior within that empowers us to make choices out of our own free will. The 'directing mind' is the power of intention within.
If we want to change the way we experience things, if we want to improve our lives, we can. The power of conscious intent is at our disposal. The warrior within is always there... waiting for the call.
No-one can live our lives for us. We must make our own choices and pave our way. Outer circumstances and influences do not determine life for us - unless we let them. We can set our own course thanks to the warrior within.
There's a difference between wanting something and actually intending it to happen. We may want to stop smoking or go to the gym 3 times a week; we may want to meditate daily; we may want to save more money or take that trip we've always been dreaming of. So long as we merely want these things - they are nothing more than thoughts in the mind.
And thoughts will come and go.
Using the power of intention we step out of the mind to actually make these things happen. Big difference.
Wanting is free. It doesn't cost anything. Intending to do something, on the other hand, means a commitment to step out of the mind to get it. Whatever else changes...whatever else comes and goes...intention does not waver. We control intention - it isn't determined by circumstance. That's its power.
Tapping the warrior within we set out to realize our intent in the world and in our life. Changing your life a day at a time is a powerful way to grow your intent and initiative muscles strong.
Mental imagery is the domain of the subconscious mind. When we hold particular images repeatedly in the mind, they are translated into our habitual experience of ourselves and our lives.
Exercising intent, in conjunction with the creative powers of the subconscious mind we can actually change the way we come to experience ourselves and our lives.
To shape our experience and to consciously improve our lives we need to bring consciousness to bear on the creative powers of the mind. Left unchecked, the powers of the subconscious mind create for us - for better or worse. We best take control of this creative process. We can change and live up to our potential.
Thoughts and words are creative.
We think about the past and about the future. We think about what we want and what we don't want. We think about who we are and who we may want to become. When we express these thoughts verbally, they tell the 'story' of our lives.
What story have you been telling yourself and/or others? Do you like to tell stories of woe or stories of triumph? Is your story one of sorrows and endless difficulty or is it challenging and adventurous? When we tell 'our story' - whether to ourselves in our head or shared with others - we think we're engaged in the process of describing.
But what if we're actually prescribing? What if we're creating our lives as we speak it?
Every time you tell your story it's reinforced. It lays down pathways you end up following into the future. Is the story you're telling laying down a path you want to follow? If not, change it. Rework it. Rearrange it. Tell a different story - one more attuned with who you really are.
Use the authentic self discovery e-book to reawaken the truest voice inside of you. Reconnected with your warrior within, let the power of its intention tell a different life story for you.
Keeping a goal setting journal can help keep track of your goals and be a reminder of your intentions. As you monitor your progress, dealing with the various obstacles that are bound to come up, you make necessary adjustments. You adapt and learn much about yourself in the process. Not to mention you become better at reaching your goals!